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soxinem1
08-17-2010, 02:01 PM
Per CBS.

The call of 'The Giants win the Pennant, The Giants win the Pennant, the Giants win the Pennant!' will live forever in baseball folklore.

RIP, Mr. Clutch.

AlexRios51
08-17-2010, 02:06 PM
I was just watching Ken Burns Baseball documentary the other day, and all I could talk about was the segment on Bobby. RIP Bobby "Mr. Clutch" Thomson.

thomas35forever
08-17-2010, 02:24 PM
"The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

RIP Bobby.:(:

Fenway
08-17-2010, 03:03 PM
Best part of the story

It was recorded by a BROOKLYN fan who wanted to hear Russ Hodges say the Dodgers won the pennant.

The next day the fan gave the tape to WMCA Radio in NY who did NOT record it

Fenway
08-17-2010, 03:17 PM
From WMCA October 1951

The entire at bat

http://www.contursi.freeyellow.com/baseballtour/sounds/sounds/giantswin.wav

EnglishChiSox
08-17-2010, 03:34 PM
Just a lad from Glasgow made good, RIP

kba
08-17-2010, 04:10 PM
Best part of the story

It was recorded by a BROOKLYN fan who wanted to hear Russ Hodges say the Dodgers won the pennant.

The next day the fan gave the tape to WMCA Radio in NY who did NOT record it

Ernie Harwell called the game on TV, but no film was made of the telecast or Ernie's play-by-play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiZuVXYa43E&feature=related

"Only Mrs. Harwell and I know that I was on TV that day."

Medford Bobby
08-17-2010, 06:41 PM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/05/21/books/baseball-600.jpgNice shot of the "Shot"

slavko
08-17-2010, 07:00 PM
I'm surprised with that finish that Branca never caught a line drive with his ear. Look at all those empty seats. I think we need an attendance thread for the Polo Grounds.

LITTLE NELL
08-17-2010, 07:38 PM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/05/21/books/baseball-600.jpgNice shot of the "Shot"

Thats not the shot, thats a picture of Ebbets Field, not the Polo Grounds.
Notice that the Dodgers are in white and Thompson is in grey.
The Polo Grounds had a small bleacher in CF like old Comiskey.

LITTLE NELL
08-17-2010, 07:53 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6c/Thomson_19511003.JPGhttp://www.ballparks.com/baseball/national/pologr01.jpg

This is a picture of the real shot at the Polo Grounds, and a picture of the park and the CF bleacher.

Medford Bobby
08-17-2010, 09:01 PM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/05/21/books/baseball-600.jpgNice shot of the "Shot"
It's actually the next at bat after the shot........still a nice shot AFTER the "Shot" in 1952.

Does any body still believe that sign stealing helped Bobby get the pitch he was looking for????:scratch:

TornLabrum
08-17-2010, 09:44 PM
I heard an interesting factoid a little while ago. Despite Thomson's fame, his name appeared in his local phone directory.

RIP Bobby.

DumpJerry
08-17-2010, 10:24 PM
It's actually the next at bat after the shot........still a nice shot AFTER the "Shot" in 1952.

Does any body still believe that sign stealing helped Bobby get the pitch he was looking for????:scratch:
:scratch:?The Shot was a walk-off, how is this the at-bat after it? Willie Mays was on Deck when Thompson hit the home run, that is definitely not the Say Hay Kid. Is this Thompson's first at-bat in the World Series?

slavko
08-17-2010, 10:38 PM
Thats not the shot, thats a picture of Ebbets Field, not the Polo Grounds.
Notice that the Dodgers are in white and Thompson is in grey.
The Polo Grounds had a small bleacher in CF like old Comiskey.

Shouldn't have fooled me. I know what the Polo Grounds looked like. Thanks for the pix. Bobby played for the Cubs after he was washed up, IIRC.

LITTLE NELL
08-18-2010, 07:20 AM
Shouldn't have fooled me. I know what the Polo Grounds looked like. Thanks for the pix. Bobby played for the Cubs after he was washed up, IIRC.


Saw him play at Wrigley in the late 50s. He was also a member of my second favorite team of all time, the Milwaukee Braves.

LITTLE NELL
08-18-2010, 07:22 AM
:scratch:?The Shot was a walk-off, how is this the at-bat after it? Willie Mays was on Deck when Thompson hit the home run, that is definitely not the Say Hay Kid. Is this Thompson's first at-bat in the World Series?

I think he meant the first time NY and Brklyn met in 1952.

Railsplitter
08-18-2010, 09:53 AM
Thompson helped out dozens a hollywood screen writers with that shot.
I liked Mays' version of how shocked he was: "I was the last guy to meet him and I was on deck!"

Hitmen77
08-18-2010, 10:52 AM
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Interesting to see all the trash on the infield at the Polo Grounds.:o: I can't imagine MLB playing a playoff game today with that clutter on the diamond.

That must have been a bitter defeat for the Dodgers and their fans. It wasn't just losing the tied-breaking playoff series, they had a 13 game lead in the NL on August 11 and even a 6 game lead as late as Sept 14 and blew it to their bitter crosstown rivals. Ouch.

Also remember that this was a time when the Dodgers had never won a World Series. The Giants and Dodgers have had interesting turns at World Series futility over the years. The Giants won their last of 5 WS in 1954 and the Dodgers won their first of 6 WS the following year in 1955.

Railsplitter
08-18-2010, 01:04 PM
Does You Tube or somebody like that have a clip with Red Barber's account? I've heard it's a model of broadcast professionalsim.

voodoochile
08-18-2010, 01:27 PM
They covered this in one of the more famous M*A*S*H episodes, IIRC. It's been a while but in mid-summer I think it's Klinger telling everybody the Dodgers have the pennant sewed up and makes a lot of bets on it. The final scene of him standing alone under the speaker at the center of camp as the famous call comes out of them is a classic.

Hitmen77
08-18-2010, 01:32 PM
They covered this in one of the more famous M*A*S*H episodes, IIRC. It's been a while but in mid-summer I think it's Klinger telling everybody the Dodgers have the pennant sewed up and makes a lot of bets on it. The final scene of him standing alone under the speaker at the center of camp as the famous call comes out of them is a classic.

I haven't seen the episode in a long, long time, but I believe it was Winchester standing alone with a Brooklyn cap on listening to the famous call at the end of the episode.

GoSox2K3
08-18-2010, 03:45 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6c/Thomson_19511003.JPGhttp://www.ballparks.com/baseball/national/pologr01.jpg

This is a picture of the real shot at the Polo Grounds, and a picture of the park and the CF bleacher.

The layout of the Polo Grounds looks really bad! Look at all that foul territory. It looks like it was built for football.

russ99
08-18-2010, 04:05 PM
The layout of the Polo Grounds looks really bad! Look at all that foul territory. It looks like it was built for football.

Love the Polo Grounds. Love the massive foul territory, the 279 feet to left, 258 to right and the 483 to center with the in-play steps to the clubhouse that Willie Mays climbed up once after running down a deep fly ball.

The dimensions of a lot of the old parks were limited by the plot of land that ownership was able to buy, or land other people weren't willing to sell.

Check out Griffith Stadium in Washington, with the right angle outfield wall. A few homeowners refused to sell. :D:

TornLabrum
08-18-2010, 06:14 PM
The layout of the Polo Grounds looks really bad! Look at all that foul territory. It looks like it was built for football.

I've read the shape of the Polo Grounds layout as being like a bathtub. That's about right. It's also hard to see in the color picture, but the bullpens were in left and right field in fair territory.

LITTLE NELL
08-18-2010, 07:32 PM
I've read the shape of the Polo Grounds layout as being like a bathtub. That's about right. It's also hard to see in the color picture, but the bullpens were in left and right field in fair territory.

Labrum, you can see the cover for the players in the bullpen in left center field in the color photo.
Another oddity is that both clubhouses were in CF in the middle of the bleachers under the scoreboard.

Fenway
08-18-2010, 07:53 PM
Yankee Stadium was built in the Bronx simply to taunt John McGraw. The parks were that close

http://cache2.artprintimages.com/p/LRG/21/2100/SYQ2D00Z/yankee-stadium-and-polo-grounds-new-york-city.jpg


Plenty of good seats available :tongue:

http://www.ballparktour.com/Polo_Grounds_605.jpg

Hitmen77
08-18-2010, 09:48 PM
I've read the shape of the Polo Grounds layout as being like a bathtub. That's about right. It's also hard to see in the color picture, but the bullpens were in left and right field in fair territory.

It looks like a horseshoe too. I'd have to think there were a lot of bad sightlines in that park with the stadium shaped that way.

Yankee Stadium was built in the Bronx simply to taunt John McGraw. The parks were that close

http://cache2.artprintimages.com/p/LRG/21/2100/SYQ2D00Z/yankee-stadium-and-polo-grounds-new-york-city.jpg


Plenty of good seats available :tongue:

http://www.ballparktour.com/Polo_Grounds_605.jpg

Amazing that they were that close to each other.

There are some neat pictures of the Polo Grounds at the bottom of this website. The last one is a plaque at an apartment complex that now stands on the site. There are also a couple of pictures of the park's demolition.
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/PoloGrounds.htm

And here's an article about one of the last remaining relics of the Polo Grounds where it once stood:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/19/a-stairway-to-sports-history-from-the-polo-grounds/

(http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/19/a-stairway-to-sports-history-from-the-polo-grounds/)

Railsplitter
08-19-2010, 10:52 AM
The layout of the Polo Grounds looks really bad! Look at all that foul territory. It looks like it was built for football.

As the name implies, the original eddifice known as the Polo Grounds was used for polo. The one where thompson hit it out was a later venue with the smae name.